Winning mentality is key, says Wiggins

PUBLISHED: 12:31 27 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:23 10 September 2010

Jonathan Redhead

New Norwich City full-back Rhoys Wiggins says he wants to bring his winning mentality to Carrow Road after his relief at leaving Crystal Palace. The 21-year-old only made one appearance for the Eagles after coming through the ranks at Selhurst Park, playing in the 2-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Coca-Cola Championship last season.

New Norwich City full-back Rhoys Wiggins says he wants to bring his winning mentality to Carrow Road after his relief at leaving Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old only made one appearance for the Eagles after coming through the ranks at Selhurst Park, playing in the 2-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Coca-Cola Championship last season.

But it was not enough to impress manager Neil Warnock, nor was a loan spell at Bournemouth at the end of the season that saw Wiggins turn out 13 times for the Cherries as they managed to preserve their league status.

Wiggins also played for Wales U21 in their two-legged European Championship play-off against England last season and that was enough to prompt City boss Bryan Gunn to make a move and sign the left-back on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

And Wiggins admitted it was an easy decision to move to Norfolk after his unveiling alongside winger Simon Whaley and goalkeeper Ben Alnwick at the Colney training centre yesterday.

"I was just looking to get out of Palace really," he said. "I don't think Warnock fancied me as a player for whatever reason - he's entitled to his opinion.

"It's nice to come to a club that's got better facilities, a better training ground and obviously a better stadium. I think with the players and everything else we have a good squad and we're looking to do what Leicester did last year and get promoted.

"First team football is vital for me now. I went out on loan at the bottom of League Two last year with Bournemouth. That was a good experience for me.

"They were in the relegation battle, so I've got experience at that level and I've got experience in the U21 Championships play-offs so I know what it's like to win and need to win and hopefully I can bring that to the squad and kick on and try to get promotion."

Gunn says Wiggins will provide competition for City's current longest-serving player Adam Drury, but the London-born player is not fazed by the challenge.

"It's a good challenge for me," he said. "It can only kick start both of us and put a bit of pressure on both of us. If he is playing I will go and watch and I will go and learn from him because he is a quality player.

"I'm an attacking full-back. I like to get forward and deliver crosses. I'm good one-v-one I think and I like defending. I just want to help the team in whatever way I can."

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